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Tech & Learning Live @ Boston

Tech & Learning Live @ Boston

Friday April 29, 2016

Boston Marriott Newton

2345 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live back to Boston on Friday, April 29 . This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education. Register now.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 1, 2016, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.


"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist

Programs

Registration and Breakfast: Playground

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day.

Playground stations include: Jennifer Trombino's Makerspaces; Julie Sicks-Panus' NXT Mindstorm robotics; and The Do It Yourself Lab and ID@T Digital Entrepreneurs with Michael Hale featuring Oculus Rifts and Google Cardboards.

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Using Data to Change Practice

Kathryn Parker Boudett, the director of the Data Wise Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will keynote the annual Tech & Learning Live @ Boston coming to the Boston Marriott Newton on Friday April 29, 2016. Dr. Boudett will kick off a day of professional learning by presenting ways K-12 school leaders can use data effectively to make real changes in practice. She will challenge attendees to candidly assess the extent to which their organizations support educators in engaging in collaborative, inquiry-focused learning and teaching. She will then offer examples of what a successful model can look like when a school embraces a step-by-step process for keeping the core work of schools focused on improved outcomes for students.

Data Wise Presentation

Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching (Free online course)

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Breakout Session # 1

Next-Gen PD (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Hear examples of PD programs that work. Bring your questions and your ideas.

PRESENTERS: John Martin, Director of Innovation & Technology, Inter-Lakes School District, NH; Ken Veon, Director of Technology, Director of Technology, Beachwood City Schools, OH; Mandy Vasek, Assistant Principal, Midway ISD, TX; Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, OH; Jessie Butash, Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning, Cumberland HS, RI

Next-Gen PD Presentation

The Giving Tree Prezi Presentation

The Evolving School Library: Joining Forces with Tech Departments (Future Ready Gear: Collaborative Leadership)

Many successful school library programs are joining forces with technology departments. This merger has helped both the technology and library teams to maintain a laser focus on teaching and learning with technology as the tool to help student and adult learners succeed. This session will offer tips for successful library/tech collaboration and tools to remix the Library Media Center for today’s students using podcasts, ebooks, blended learning, and more.

PRESENTERS: John Marcus, director of technology and libraries for Sharon (MA) Public Schools; Donna Liebman, Library Media Specialist, Hartford, CT; Deborah Marshall, Department Chair Career & Technical Education, Granby High School, & Lisa Ward, Library Media Specialist, Norfolk, VA; Barbara Johnson, Librarian, Jack Jackter Intermediate School, Colchester CT

The Evolving School Library Presentation

Deborah Marshall and Lisa Ward's Presentation "Joining Forces"

Deborah Marshall and Lisa Ward's Website Resources

Rethinking Academic Coaches (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Many schools have added academic “coaching” models that dedicate staff members to train teachers on the effective implementation of tech & learning. This session provides examples of these successful instructional coaching models and offers tips and guidelines you can use to replicate these best practices in your schools.

PRESENTERS: Kevin Windsor, District Technology Coach & Elementary Educator, Garnet Valley School District, PA; Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts, PA; Laura Chesson, Assistant Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools, MA

Rethinking Academic Coaching Presentation

Meeting Wise Workshop

In this highly interactive workshop facilitated by Data Wise Project Director Kathryn Parker Boudett, you will learn how “Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators” can help you and your colleagues make a fundamental shift in how you design and run meetings.

Is Collaborative PD Time Being Wasted in Schools?

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Industry Spotlights

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Discussions #1

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.Topics will be repeated at 2:15 and include:

*Say Goodbye to Textbooks—For Good! (Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Burlington Public Schools)

*Balancing Good Student Data Privacy Policy with Classroom Innovation (Paul Barrette, Director of Technology, Smithfield Public Schools, Smithfield RI)

*STEM Exploratory and Aerospace programs (Jennifer Reed, STEM Exploratory Teacher, Newington Public Schools, CT)

*PD Goes Global (Ken Veon, Mandy Vasek, & Mike Daugherty)

*3D Printing: The Possibilities (Julie York, Career Preparation Department Chair, South Portland High School, South Portland ME)

*Digital Learning Lab Classrooms (Tom Driscoll, Bristol Warren Regional School District, Bristol, RI)

Digital Learning Lab Classrooms Overview

Digital Learning Lab Snapshots

Digital Learning Labs Template

* Equity for All School Community Members (Robby McKenney, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Waterford Public SChools, Waterford, CT

*LMS Rollouts: from Vision to Reality (Jennifer Holmes, Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School, MA and Bruce Chakrin, Director of Technology, SAU #39 – Amherst, Mont Vernon, Souhegan, NH)

*Remixing the Library Media Center (Donna Liebman, Library Media Specialist, Hartford, Hartford, CT)

*Berwick Innovation Meets the ISTE Standards (Darcy Coffta, Innovation Center Director, Berwick Academy and Wendy Harrington, Director of Academic Technology, South Berwick ME)

*Managing the Digital Classroom (Leo Brehm CIO/CTO, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough)

*STEM in K-5 (Jen Trombino, Instructional Technology Specialist, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough)

STEM in K-5 Presentation

STEM-STEAM Resources

*Google Apps (Carol S. Holzberg, Director of Technology, Greenfield Public Schools)

* "Video Games, VR and AR in Education" (Michael Hale, Innovation & Technology Readiness Teacher, Casco Bay High School)

Michael Hale's Resources

*…and Anything Goes!

Lunch

Dessert & Demos: Playground

Breakout Session #2

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction? (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Blended instruction can create smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, and adaptive teaching that results in true personalized learning. These schools share their stories of how they used blended, online, and virtual learning to improve the learning experience for their students.

PRESENTERS: Grace Magley, Director of Blended and Online Learning, Natick (MA) Public Schools; Corey Lennon, District Technology Coach from South Kingstown (RI) School District, Shawn Rubin, Director of Blended Learning, Highlander Institute; Moderator: Eric Butash, Dir Strategy & Implementation for Highlander Institute

Blended Learning Presentation

Response Systems for Engaged Classrooms and Formative Assessment: An Interactive Shoot Out (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Join four presenters as each pitches the functionality and value of individual “response systems” such as PearDeck, Nearpod, Formative and Socrative. Rate each tool on a number of measures to determine which is Best in Show. Teachers will see firsthand the strengths and shortcomings of each solution and decide which is the best fit for your classrooms. Administrators will benefit from a side-by-side comparison of four of the response systems in a crowded market to better inform their decision making. All participants will leave with a software evaluation rubric and hands-on experience from both a student and teacher’s perspective. So bring your smartphones, tablets and laptops and join us in interactive quizzes, exit tickets and other formative assessment practices in a simulated classroom setting. No prior experience with response systems is required.

PRESENTERS: Sal Contes, Assistant Principal, NYCDOE; Jackie Patanio, Borough instructional lead/instructional technology specialist, NYCDOE; Mike Arsenault, Instructional Technology Integrator at Frank Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, ME; Becca Redman, Secondary English & Career Prep teacher, Wells Ogunquit, ME; Moderator: Andrew Wallace, Director of Technology, South Portland, ME

Formative Assessment Shootout Presentation

Digital Citizenship (Future Ready Gear: Privacy and Data)

This workshop will focus on how to create specific policies and procedures that can educate school communities on their roles in the appropriate use of social media--not to limit or ban these powerful tools, but to harness their power in positive ways.

Workshop leader: Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology

Owen J Roberts, PA

Digital Citizenship Presentation

Anything Goes Discussions #2

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.Topics (repeated from 11:05) include:

*Say Goodbye to Textbooks—For Good! (Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Burlington Public Schools)

*Balancing Good Student Data Privacy Policy with Classroom Innovation (Paul Barrette, Director of Technology, Smithfield Public Schools, Smithfield RI)

*STEM Exploratory and Aerospace programs (Jennifer Reed, STEM Exploratory Teacher, Newington Public Schools, CT)

*PD Goes Global (Ken Veon, Mandy Vasek, & Mike Daugherty)

*3D Printing: The Possibilities (Julie York, Career Preparation Department Chair, South Portland High School, South Portland ME)

*Digital Learning Lab Classrooms (Tom Driscoll, Bristol Warren Regional School District, Bristol, RI)

* Equity for All School Community Members (Robby McKenney, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Waterford Public SChools, Waterford, CT

*LMS Rollouts: from Vision to Reality (Jennifer Holmes, Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School, MA and Bruce Chakrin, Director of Technology, SAU #39 – Amherst, Mont Vernon, Souhegan, NH)

*Remixing the Library Media Center (Donna Liebman, Library Media Specialist, Hartford, Hartford, CT)

*Berwick Innovation Meets the ISTE Standards (Darcy Coffta, Innovation Center Director, Berwick Academy and Wendy Harrington, Director of Academic Technology, South Berwick ME)

*Managing the Digital Classroom (Leo Brehm CIO/CTO, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough)

*STEM in K-5 (Jen Trombino, Instructional Technology Specialist, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough)

*Google Apps (Carol S. Holzberg, Director of Technology, Greenfield Public Schools)

* "Video Games, VR and AR in education: (Michael Hale, Innovation & Technology Readiness Teacher, Casco Bay High School)

*…and Anything Goes!

Closing Session & Reception: Playground

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!

Speakers

Sponsors